Bill & Melinda Gates

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said Friday.

Calling upon governments and business to also contribute, they said the money will produce higher immunization rates and aims to make sure that 90 percent of children are immunized against dangerous diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia in poorer nations.

The Collins Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Awards 2010

The nomination period for the 2010 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards is now open! You can nominate someone online, by fax, or by mail.

Many LGBTQ youth struggle day to day living in environments that threaten their well-being, from enduring physical and emotional abuse from family members, to being kicked out of their homes, to seeking social services from providers that have no training on the issues facing LGBTQ youth, to confronting bullying and harassment in public schools coming from both students and the school administration. They find themselves ostracized, marginalized, and in psychological or even physical danger. The Colin Higgins Foundation is seeking nominations of LGBTQ youth activists who have transformed their experiences with discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, and working to transform the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to pass a law extending benefits to same-sex partners, a day after he renewed his support for repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

Obama was responding to a question during a town hall meeting Thursday in Tampa, Fla.. He noted a bill is pending that would extend to domestic partners benefits such as granting Social Security survivor payments and allowing hospital visitation.

The Defense Department next week will propose for the first time a "way forward" on lifting the military's ban on gays from serving openly, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Thursday.

President Barack Obama has vowed to work with Congress this year to repeal the 1993 law, but Democrats have been waiting to hear from the military on how it could be done.

Mexico City Gay Marriage Law Jeopardized

Mexican federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will try to overturn Mexico City's gay marriage law, which allows same-sex couples to adopt children, on the grounds it violates the constitution.

The Mexico City law, approved in December and due to take effect in March, is the first of its kind in Latin America.

The federal Attorney General's Office said in a statement that it believes the law "violates the principle of legality, because it strays from the constitutional principle of protecting the family."

A South Florida company that unveiled a sex-enhancing chewing gum last year is now producing a million pieces each month out of its Opa Locka factory, WTVJ-Ch. 6 reports.

The makers of Sexlets Gum claim that the product enhances male libido and performance. The berrymint-flavored gum is made with Ginseng, Vitamin E and the herbal blend Yohimbe Bark, long used for male enhancement, WTVJ reports. Sexlets Gum boosts testosterone, stimulates the blood and energizes, said its creator, Tommy Babil. The 37-year-old man has worked in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry for 10 years. The gum has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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